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Routine Tests for Men

A schedule for checkups and tests that will keep a man's body in good running order.

At 10 Years

  • Colonoscopy

At the age of 50 years, another option for routine colon cancer screening is a colonoscopy. This test may also be ordered if either the sigmoidoscopy is abnormal or there is blood found in stool tests. It is similar to a sigmoidoscopy except that it travels farther inside so that the doctor can visualize the entire colon. A colonoscopy is an examination with a camera threaded through your, ahem, tailpipe. If normal, then it can be repeated in 10 years. Otherwise it may be necessary to repeat the procedure earlier. Biopsies can be taken and polyps can be removed during the procedure.

People with increased risk for colon cancer may begin having colonoscopy screening much earlier -- even in childhood.

  • Tetanus time

    Have a tetanus vaccine booster every 10 years, especially if you're the kind of guy who gets a lot of cuts and scrapes.

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Reviewed on April 30, 2007

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